>> Monday, February 22, 2010
From an article on Undiscovered Mexico:
CEDAM stands for Club de Exploraciones y Deportes Acuáticos de México, A.C. In English, it translates to The Museum of Mexico’s Explorations and Water Sports Club, Civil Association, which is quite a mouthful in either language. Whatever it's called, it's a museum, and a rather interesting one, filled with treasures from Mexico's nautical and historic past.
The museum was founded by Pablo Bush Romero and first opened its doors in 1958 in Mexico City. Mr. Bush Romero later moved it to Akumal, and then finally to Puerto Aventuras. Most of the objects on display came from El Matancero, a ship built in Matanzas, Cuba that shipwrecked on February 12, 1741 close to Akumal, about 18 km. (12 miles) to the south. Other pieces came from other shipwrecks, like El Candelero (The Chandlier). Among the objects recovered and on display are dishes, cups, weapons, gold dentures, coins, silverware, decorative objects, glasses and other items. Other exhibits include archaeological pieces, both originals and reporductions, from Xel-Ha, located 28 km. (19 miles) to the south.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday all year long from 9:00 to 13:00 hrs. (9 AM to 1 PM) and from 14:30 to 17:30 hrs. (2:30 PM to 5:30 PM). It is located by the main entrance of the commercial center and marina on the second floor of a pink building. There is no entrance fee, although donations are always welcome.